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June 19, 2015
No good news for schools in latest revenue forecasts
New state revenue forecasts point to tightening of the state budget that kicks in on July 1, making it less likely school districts will see extra funding in 2015-16.
June 3, 2015
Hick signs two school safety bills
Two measures intended to improve school safety were signed Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper during a Capitol ceremony.
May 29, 2015
House Education chair John Buckner dies
Rep. John Buckner, chair of the House Education Committee, died Thursday. He was 67.
Now it's the law
May 20, 2015
All smiles as Hick signs testing bills
With the nail-biting legislative session safely behind them, Gov. John Hickenlooper and key lawmakers were brimming with good cheer as he signed two testing bills.
2015 Session Review
May 9, 2015
Testing bill the one notable achievement in education policy
State assessments, K-12 funding and school safety were the top education issues for the General Assembly, but little other educational legislation of note passed.
Last statehouse roundup
May 6, 2015
Mixed bag of education bills crosses finish line as session ends
A last set of education bills were passed amid the hurrying, waiting, confusion and general hilarity on the last day of the 2015 legislative session.
The last day
May 6, 2015
Testing agreement comes in session’s final hours
The debate on testing, 2015's most divisive education issue, ended on the session’s last day with self-congratulatory speeches and strong votes for a compromise bill.
May 5, 2015
Senate takes its turn on testing, advances compromise plan
The Senate passed a compromise testing bill late Tuesday that looks a lot like a measure approved by the House on Monday evening. The vote appears to…
May 5, 2015
Committees quickly add to ranks of fallen education bills
A dozen education-related bills were killed in committee on Monday during the frenzy of activity that marked the 118th day of the 2015 legislature’s 120-day session.
May 4, 2015
House passes testing compromise bill
The House late Monday gave preliminary approval to a compromise testing measure designed to break the assessment stalemate that has dogged the 2015 session.
May 1, 2015
Senate and House each pass testing bills, setting up push for compromise
The Senate voted 33-2 early Friday evening to pass its main testing bill, followed a few hours later by a 52-12 House vote to pass its assessment proposal.
April 30, 2015
District liability bill gets initial House approval
Major bills on school district liability, the state pension system and budget adjustments that could help education were the focus of long Capitol debates Thursday.
April 29, 2015
House backs down in school finance fight; Indian mascots bill killed
Education issues from school funding to teacher pensions to American Indian mascots were debated Wednesday as lawmakers struggled through long calendars.
April 28, 2015
Big pension bill complicates session’s final days
A new bill would allow the state to sell bonds whose proceeds would be used to shore up the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, which covers all state teachers.
April 27, 2015
Spare change found for school funding bill
The House Education Committee Monday added some symbolic funding for at-risk students to the proposed 2015-16 school finance bill.
April 24, 2015
House weighs in with its own testing bill
The House Friday gave preliminary approval to its version of what should happen to state tests, less than 18 hours after the Senate passed its competing testing bill.
April 23, 2015
Modest testing reduction bill advances in Senate
The Senate has advanced bills to reduce state testing and to fund the state's schools in 2015-16.
April 22, 2015
Ex-governors have Hick’s back, defend standards and testing
As the legislature prepares for floor debate on key testing bills, two former governors urged lawmakers not to tinker too much with standards and assessments.
Claire Davis law
April 21, 2015
Senate passes district liability bill
The Senate Wednesday morning voted 25-9 to pass the bill that would make school districts legally liable for certain kinds of violent incidents.
April 20, 2015
Ranks of testing bills culled as session’s days dwindle
Four testing bills were killed by the House Education Committee Monday, including measures that would have repealed the Common Core Standards and PARCC tests.
April 17, 2015
House Education still has a ways to go on data privacy bill
A rare Friday session of the House Education Committee aired parent concerns about the privacy of student educational data but no action on a key bill.
April 16, 2015
Senate Education passes “very small” K-12 funding bill
The most modest school-funding bill in recent memory was passed 9-0 Thursday by the Senate Education Committee after some member handwringing about K-12 finance woes.
April 15, 2015
“Diploma protection” bill jumps first hurdle
A legislative committee has passed a bill to prohibit state colleges from discriminating against applicants with diplomas from districts that aren’t accredited.
April 14, 2015
House committee endorses “pay for success” bill
A creative financing bill got a big endorsement but there were surprises for measures on truancy and American Indian mascots at the Capitol Tuesday.
April 14, 2015
Colorado schools likely won’t see big increase in revenue as once hoped
It’s been apparent in recent weeks that schools would receive only a modest funding increase next year, and the new school finance bill confirms that.
April 13, 2015
House panel loads lots of changes onto testing bill
It was a busy day for education at the Capitol Monday as bills on testing, school violence and American Indian mascots all were on the move.
Kicking the can down the road
April 9, 2015
Senate Education Committee advances three testing bills
Two major and different testing bills were approved Thursday by the Senate Education Committee, continuing the uncertainty about where lawmakers are headed on the issue.
April 7, 2015
The four other (non-testing) education bills that are on the move at the Capitol this week
While the focus so far this week at the Capitol has been on the budget and on testing, education bills of interest are on the move.
Not quite ready
April 6, 2015
Issues get aired, but vote delayed on House testing bill
The House Education Committee Monday evening delayed voting on a bill that would make modest cuts in the state’s standardized testing system.
April 6, 2015
Testing opt-out bill gets final Senate approval
The Senate voted 28-7 Tuesday morning to pass the bill designed to protect parents’ right to opt students out of state standardized tests.
April 2, 2015
Budget squeeze dooms three education spending bills
The House Appropriations Committee Thursday killed three major education spending bills, including proposals to increase funding for preschool and for full-day kindergarten.
April 1, 2015
Bid to pull testing funds livens up Senate budget debate
Testing became part of the state budget debate, a House committee approved an aid bill for rural districts and more new education bills popped up in the House.
March 31, 2015
Rural flexibility bill includes $10 million for small districts
Rep. Jim Wilson is continuing his crusade to relieve small rural districts of state regulatory burdens, and he wants to give them some extra money as well.
March 30, 2015
Education committees offer different testing visions
Two new bills introduced in the legislature late Monday afternoon remix elements of other measures and add some new ideas, adding more choices to the stalled Capitol testing debate.
March 30, 2015
Lawmakers get a second look at “pay for success”
A new bill in the legislature would enable the state to launch “pay for success” programs through which private investors or philanthropists would fund education and social services programs.
The debate starts
March 26, 2015
Testing opt-out bill passes Senate Education
The Senate Education Committee Thursday gave 8-1 approval to a bill that would codify parents’ right to opt students out of tests and also forbid penalization of districts, schools and teachers for low participation rates.
"More than a score"
March 25, 2015
Testing opponents rally on eve of opt-out bill hearing
Testing opponents rallied at the Capitol Wednesday ahead of debate on a testing opt-out bill. Other assessment measures remain stalled.
March 24, 2015
Tuition tax credits bill moves on to the House
The Senate Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would create a system of state income tax credits for private school tuition.
March 23, 2015
Indian mascots bill passes first committee after emotional testimony
“We are not some people you can just make fun of,” student Jerico Lefthandbull told a legislative committee Monday, testifying for a bill that would require schools to get state permission to use American Indian mascots.
March 19, 2015
First draft of 2015-16 school funding bill starts circulating
Education lobbyists and others who’ve been nervous about when they’d see a 2015-16 school-funding bill now have something to chew on.
March 17, 2015
New twists complicate testing debate
Capitol developments Tuesday afternoon provided a fresh twist to the Colorado legislature’s complicated testing debate, including introduction of a new on opting out of testing and a sharp remarks from the Colorado Education Association.
March 17, 2015
Parent rights bill meets its expected fate
As expected, the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee voted 7-6 Tuesday to kill a measure that would have created a sweeping “parent’s bill of rights” affecting how parents relate to schools, courts, health care agencies and medical professionals.
Art of compromise
March 17, 2015
Amended version of data privacy bill heads to the House
A carefully crafted compromise bill on privacy and security of student data got preliminary Senate approval Tuesday, but some issues remain to be debated in the House.
Gov speaks out
March 17, 2015
Hick defends ed reform, endorses testing bill
Gov. John Hickenlooper says, “there’s no reason to go back” on state education reforms and endorsed a new bipartisan bill that proposes to reduce high school testing and streamline assessments in early grades.
March 16, 2015
Online regulation bill quickly killed
This year’s proposal to change the regulation of online schools that operate across multiple districts was killed Monday by the Senate State Affairs Committee.
Still more new bills
March 13, 2015
Testing, school liability bills will ramp up ed debates
New bills on testing and on the liability of schools for violent incidents were introduced in the legislature Friday, raising the profiles of two big issues.
House Ed surprise
March 11, 2015
Panel gives unexpected OK to stipends for top teachers
Sometimes events don’t follow the script at the Colorado legislature, as happened Wednesday when a bipartisan committee majority passed a bill that would pay extra stipends to highly effective teachers who work in struggling elementary schools.
The cost of reform
March 10, 2015
Budget panel gives ed department half a loaf amid staffing controversy
The Colorado legislative Joint Budget Committee Tuesday agreed to fund five of the seven staff positions the Department of Education had requested to help districts with teacher evaluation and rollout of new standards.
At the halfway mark
March 8, 2015
Big stack of education bills still awaits action
The 2015 legislative session enters its second half Monday with lots of work remaining, including on key education issues.
March 6, 2015
Parent time-off bill highlights partisan divide
A bill that would guarantee parents time off for some school activities sparked a lively House floor debate before passing on a preliminary voice vote Friday.
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